Blue Bell cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexBlue BellPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index13899100
IndexBlue BellPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index10598100
Groceries index117103100
Health care index10394100
Housing index20591100
Transportation index115109100
Utilities index108111100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Blue Bell, PA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Pennsylvania and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Blue Bell, PA is 138, which is 40% higher than the Pennsylvania average and 38% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Blue Bell, PA are 7% higher than the average for Pennsylvania and 5% higher than the rest of the country.
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  • The cost of living in Blue Bell is 40% higher than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Blue Bell is 38% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Blue Bell is 105% higher than the national average.
  • Pennsylvania general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Pennsylvania state income tax is 38% higher than the national average.

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      Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

      Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
      Owners$139,044$11,587$3,244$4,172
      Renters$46,875$3,906$1,094$1,406
      A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Blue Bell, PA, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Blue Bell, PA has a median income of about $139,044 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $3,244 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $46,875. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,094 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

      Pennsylvania Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Pennsylvania6%8%

      Pennsylvania Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%
      When you are determining the total cost of living in Blue Bell, PA you will want to make sure you consider both the Pennsylvania sales tax and the Pennsylvania income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Pennsylvania is 6%, with the highest surtax being 8%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Pennsylvania have a range from 3.07% to 3.07%.

      Goods & Services

      ItemBlue BellNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $19.40$17.4910.9%
      Beauty Salon $61.00$38.1759.8%
      Toothpaste $2.02$2.3213.0%
      Shampoo $0.99$1.012.2%
      Movie $12.10$10.7212.8%
      Bowling $18.40$13.8632.7%

      Groceries

      ItemBlue BellNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.94$3.901.0%
      Fried Chicken $1.49$1.406.8%
      Milk $2.16$1.9610.1%
      Potatoes $3.66$3.1815.0%
      Pizza $10.50$10.391.0%
      Beer $8.71$9.235.6%

      Health Care

      ItemBlue BellNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $103.33$106.342.8%
      Doctor $133.33$115.2515.7%
      Dentist $103.33$98.385.0%
      Ibuprofen $10.32$9.2611.4%
      Lipitor $389.17$466.4716.6%

      Housing

      ItemBlue BellNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $426,700.00$184,700.00131.0%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,429.36$1,273.3212.3%
      Apartment Rent $1,373.00$949.0044.7%

      Transportation

      ItemBlue BellNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.89$2.5911.4%
      Tire Balancing $61.00$48.9024.8%

      Utilities

      ItemBlue BellNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$185.76$167.6010.8%
      Phone $189.24$163.4215.8%
      Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

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      Source: The Blue Bell, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.